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01-11-2006, 03:09 AM
The Blue Jays' Hot Stove may have cooled off a bit in regard to acquiring free agent catcher Bengie Molina.

When the Blue Jays traded third baseman Corey Koskie to the Brewers last week, that lowered Toronto's payroll to around $70 million. Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi has stated that the Jays' 2006 payroll has a ceiling of around $75 million. While the Koskie deal gave the team some financial breathing room, it may not be enough to sign Molina and leave cash on hand in case another move arises.

Linky (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060110&content_id=1293592&vkey=hotstove2005&fext=.jsp)

The New York Mets and top draft pick Mike Pelfrey finalized a $5.25 million, four-year contract on Tuesday after the pitcher passed a physical.

Linky (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/baseball/mlb/wires/01/10/2010.ap.bbn.mets.pelfrey.1st.ld.writethru.0253/)

Schuerholz, who can play second base and shortstop, split last season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Richmond. He batted .278 with four homers and 21 RBIs at Mississippi but struggled after being promoted to the R-Braves, hitting .175 with no homers and 12 RBIs in 44 games.

Linky (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/baseball/mlb/wires/01/10/2010.ap.bbn.braves.schuerholz.s.son.0160/)

The Angels have all but abandoned their pursuit of a middle-of-the-order bat to bolster their sagging offense, but their 2006 lineup will still have a new look that the Angels hope will give them a little more pop.

Darin Erstad was recently told by Manager Mike Scioscia that he would be moving from first base back to center field, a switch that will open first base for prospect Casey Kotchman and will put a crimp in young third baseman Dallas McPherson's playing time.

Linky (http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/la-sp-angels11jan11,1,5927238.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-majorbaseb)

Pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres finalized a $1 million, one-year contract on Tuesday, nearly a week after they agreed to terms.

Linky (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/13595086.htm)

Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was hired yesterday as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Other newcomers who will work on first-year manager Grady Little’s staff are pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, first base coach Mariano Duncan, third base coach Rich Donnelly, bench coach Dave Jauss and bullpen coach Dan Warthen.

Reliever Matt Mantei agreed to a minor league contract with the Tigers.

Linky (http://redsox.bostonherald.com/otherMLB/view.bg?articleid=120830)